Day Pack – Land Navigation


Have you ever been lost in the woods? It can be a really disorienting experience. Join us in a 1-day land navigation course, where you’ll learn the basics of utilizing a map and compass to get to where you are going, and how to orient yourself if you do get lost. At the beginning of the day, we’ll pour over the topographic maps of our property, helping you learn to ready all the map features. After map reading, we’ll educate students on how to use a compass, then work on using a map and compass together. Put your skills to the test in the afternoon on an off-trail navigation challenge. You’ll leave feeling confident and ready to tackle any hike.

What to Expect

Mountain Shepherd’s gorgeous 100-acre campus provides an immersive wilderness experience, with comfort close at hand if needed. This course cycles among several covered outdoor training camps, as well as off-trail areas on the property so students can learn and practice land navigation in varying terrain.  While you should be prepared to spend the entire day outdoors, Mountain Shepherd’s well-appointed classroom is available if the weather becomes extreme.

Adventure Highlights

  •       Full day course
  •       Land navigation
  •       Map and compass training
  •       Lunch included
  •       Memories to last a lifetime
  •       Small group environment (10 maximum)
  •       Hands-on learning


TBD – contact us for a custom course!

Who chooses this adventure?

Outdoor experience levels do not matter. We have students with no experience, to occasional weekend hikers, to warriors of the wilderness. Everyone learns valuable information in this course. You will leave prepared to help yourself and others while on any adventure.

This is a course for adults. 18 year olds may come alone. Mature 16 & 17 year olds may come with a responsible partner over the age of 18.

Course Minimum: 4, Course Maximum: 10

What's Included?


The only required items are weather appropriate clothing and comfortable tennis/walking/hiking shoes or boots. You don’t need to buy a thing. The equipment list includes gear you should always have with you on an outdoor adventure. Bring what you have or borrow from us. We have everything you’ll need. It’s best to borrow before you buy. Part of the training includes gear recommendations for your personal survival kit.


Lunch is provided, with plenty of options and dietary accommodations available.

Travel Arrangements

Your adventure begins and ends at the Mountain Shepherd Lodge in Catawba, VA.The nearest airport is Roanoke (ROA), which is approximately a 30 minute drive time.

Arrival time is by 9:30 am on the morning of the training. The course concludes by 4:30 pm. If you prefer to travel the day before, you can stay at the lodge. $50 includes a bunk and breakfast. $25 for each additional person in your group. Group, semi-private and private rooms are available. Contact us for reservations. Payment due before you leave.

Activity Level


After meeting at the Mountain Shepherd Lodge on the morning of your course you’ll do some introductions and pack lunch for a day spent in the woods. There will be hikes around the property in varying difficulty and length throughout the day. We will spend the afternoon practicing our new navigation skills on (at-times) steep, uneven terrain.



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